St. Paul's Epistle Pentecost 201
Friday, November 1, 2019
Luke 6:20-31
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Come join us for our 10:00 a.m. worship for All Saint's Day (don't forget to set your clocks back Saturday night!) with the Blessing of the Altar of Remembrance. Then join us after the service for fellowship and treats during coffee hour in the garden room hosted by the Parish Profile Ministry Team.  You will hear more about the upcoming parish survey and have a chance to ask questions. Thank you in advance for grabbing your name-tag on Sundays so we can get to know each other better.     
A Note from Father McKee
Please take a moment on Sunday to stop by the Altar of Remembrance in the chapel and give God thanks for all the folks who have loved us, whom we have loved, who have gone before us. Feel free to light a candle or leave a note. From your pew, the chapel is to the front, on the right.  

Our discussion on gun violence will resume Sunday, November 10th at 9:00 a.m. in the Garden Room.
Stephen McKee+
     Priest In Charge  
Fr. Steve McKee
To Worship
Service Times
All are welcome at every service
Sunday - 3 Services
10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist

1:00 p.m.
South Sudanese Service
Dinka Language

5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist
Spanish Language
6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist

Thanksgiving Day
10:00 a.m.
An Invitation to Faithful Stewardship of God's Gifts to Us
"All things come of you, O Lord, and of your own have we given you."-- Book of Common Prayer

We are halfway towards our goal of 100 pledges! Thank you so much for your support of St. Paul’s through pledges of prayers (that’s what those prayer cards are for!) for pledges of service, and for pledges of financial support. Fifty households have turned-in their pledges in advance of the pledge in-gathering Sunday, Nov 10th. This includes 12 increased pledges and 7 new ones. Pledge packets are available on our website and on the Usher’s desk at the church entrance, or you may use the link below. Pledges of prayers not only count, but are essential, so fill out those forms and get them in.
Faithfully, Paul Herbers & Richard Martin, St. Paul’s Stewardship Chairs. 

You may use the link below to make your 2020 pledge, or contact the  Church Office  for a paper pledge form. Thank you for your support financially, for your participation, and by remembering the worship, outreach, and people of St. Paul's in your prayers.
Photo Directory: Make-Up Picture Day   
Sunday November 17 th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Mark your calendar and go to this link to sign up!
All Saints this Sunday. The Altar of Remembrance will be blessed at the beginning of the 10:00 service. There is still time to bring your remembrances, photos, or mementos to add. Items left will be available for pickup after coffee hour, or from the church office starting Monday morning. Thank you .
Wednesday Evening Holy Eucharist at St. Paul's
All are welcome to attend our weekday Holy Eucharist at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. It is a small contemplative service, with no music. Whether you are looking for a midweek break in our busy lives to 'reset' your sense of discipleship or a way to deepen your spiritual life, come join other fellow travelers to reflect on scripture, give thanks and be fed from the Holy Table. If you are able, stay for another thirty minutes and enjoy fellowship with us.
Profile Committee Update -
Survey Starting This Sunday, November 3
The first step in calling a new Rector to St. Paul’s is creating a parish profile, and a Ministry Team has been gathered to do that work. A survey from Holy Cow Consulting, written just for us, will help the team gather the information needed to create our profile.  In order for the profile to capture a complete picture of who the St. Paul’s community is, where we’re going, and what we seek in our next rector, we need your input.

The survey will be available online starting this Sunday, November 3,  ending November 24.   Paper copies will be made available for those who prefer.  The survey will take about 20-25 minutes to complete which we realize is lengthy. However, in order to get the best results and to hear all the voices of the Parish, many different subjects need to be addressed. Please know that taking the time to carefully answer the survey is one way to have your voice heard.  Your responses will be completely anonymous. The Profile Committee will be hosting Coffee Hour this Sunday and will be available to answer any questions you may have about the survey, the reason for the profile or any other questions regarding this portion of the search.  

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Nancy Franklin .  Thank you for investing a little of your time for the future of St. Paul’s!   
A Prayer for St. Paul's in-transition
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen .
Prayer Request Forms are for requesting prayers for yourself, and for others. They are available from the box on the wall in the tower room near the pulpit, on the Usher's Desk at the 40th street door, and the Receptionist Desk at the South/School side door. They are also on our  website . If you are interested in becoming a part of the Pastoral Care Ministry Team, please contact Heidi Carter,  Associate for Ministry.
This Week at St. Paul's
Sunday, November 3, All Saint's Day & Baptism Sunday
see below for more information
Monday, November 4, Ministries Council
To Learn

The discussion on gun violence with Father McKee will resume Sunday, November 10th at 9:00 a.m. in the Garden Room. Last session people left with homework assignments. Is the NRA funding improvements in back ground check policies? Please come and hear what they discovered, and bring your insights, wisdom, and experience exploring what our faithful response to gun violence should be.

Sunday School
We welcome children from Kindergarten to 3rd grade to join us on the 3rd floor for Sunday School using the Godly Play curriculum.

"Godly Play"  News

Our classrooms are bustling with energy and faith formation. Here is an example of some of the Holy Choices recently identified by our kiddos. 

Please know that all of your Children bring us joy every week and warm our hearts with their views of your world! We cannot wait to see them each Sunday!  Fondly ~  Guytie, Ann, and Pat

Children's Choir, 9:40 Sunday morning, 3rd floor
Children across Kansas City, from kindergarten and up, (non Episcopalian too!) are invited to participate. More information on our website  here .  

During rehearsal there will be fellowship for the parents in the room next to the rehearsal space, on the 3rd floor. 
To Serve

More information about our Haiti School can be found at the bottom of this webpage.
Worship Leaders Needed
If you are interested in learning how to serve at communion, or become a reader during church, please contact  Father McKee . We provide training, and are open to persons aged 10-100. 
Thank you!
Volunteers are needed to help with The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) once a month on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

The Food Pantry
Thanksgiving & Christmas 
Pantry "Holiday Bird" Project

Adopt a Holiday Bird for the Pantry  
Every year the Pantry gives away as many turkeys and whole chickens as we can during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. This year, we will receive 132 turkeys and 72 chickens for this project. We will pay about $2 per bird. Would you like to help us? Make a $2 special donation to the church marked “Holiday Bird.” Adopt one or a dozen!
St. Paul's Nursery Helpers
Each Sunday we have two paid staff persons caring for our youngest (and cutest!) members. All are required to take the "Safeguarding God's Children" training, pass a background check, and love our kids and their families. We also occasionally need nursery caregivers during the week for special meetings, worship services, or events. Please speak with  Catie Brouse  if you are ready to join the team. Service hours for high school students are available, but the training requirements remain. Thank you!
Coffee Hour Host
Nov 3 - Birthday Sunday
Nov 10 - Mitzi Foster
Nov 17 - St. Margaret's Day Celebration
Nov 24 - Ellen Haden & Beth Herbers

Hosting Coffee Hour is a fun and easy way to get to know other St. Paul's members! The host brings the food and the church provides the drinks. An example of what a host might bring would be: two large pans of brownies (cut very small), maybe a bowl of fruit (oftentimes grapes cut into small clusters), and a bowl or two of pretzels or popcorn. If you have questions or wish to co-host with another member, please contact  Alison . Dates are available.
To Play
Birthday Sunday
Jackson Beam, Melanie Bowman, John Carothers, Tom Coen, Billie Fischer, Mitzi Foster, Nancy Franklin, Eileen Kerrigan, Jane Lampo, Charlie Mueller, Julia Murray, John Readey, Joan Riffel, Holly Ropp, Nicholas Saleh, Meredith Seaton, Robert Sorrell, and Lindsay Lampo.

What is Birthday Sunday? On the first Sunday of every month St. Paul’s celebrates birthdays and anniversaries for the month ahead. During the 10:00 service, persons who wish to (not required) come forward for a brief word of thanks, and the naming of God’s continued blessings in their lives. Following the service, we enjoy special celebration treats, and each other’s company, during Fellowship in the hall under the church. Join us!
Get your tartan ready to be blessed!
Sunday, November 17th will be our
Margaret, Queen of Scotland celebration.
You can help at our St. Margaret's Coffee Hour by bringing shortbread or any other delicious Scottish treats (up to but not including haggis, please) to contribute to the glorious Highland feast. 

Please let us know what you plan to bring by emailing  Mary Hodge

Many, many thanks for your offerings.
Our wonderful, resident Pipe Band, Kansas City Celtic Pipes & Drums will be participating in the service and performing at the coffee hour!
St. Margaret
Saturday, February 29, Trivia Night at St. Paul's Episcopal Day School (Date Change)

Join the St. Paul's Church and School community for some friendly competition, and put your useless trivia knowledge to work! Gather friends to form a team of eight, or let us put a team together for you. Church members, school parents, alumni families and friends are welcome, but space is limited! Event admission will support the church and school's aid to our sister school, Holy Cross, in Ravine a l'Anse, Haiti.

Refreshments and Organizing Teams starts at  6:00 pm, and the Trivia Begins at  7:00 pm!
Upcoming & Recurring Events Calendar
See above for more information
November 14, Episcopal Church Women

November 17, St. Margaret's Day

November 22, The Society of Song concert
Going Deeper
Verse for the week
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
Voice for the week
History is not the past. It is the stories we tell about the past. How we tell these stories - triumphantly or self-critically, metaphysically or dialectally - has a lot to do with whether we cut short or advance our evolution as human beings.
Grace Lee-Boggs
Prayer for the week
Let us not be put off by struggle, God, but instead lean into it to see your power reflected in what we cannot achieve alone. Amen .
Thought for the week
Christ’s will was, and is, to unite. Think how he wept over Jerusalem! Or think of his prayer, “That they all might be one” – so much so that they are one living organism – his body, animated by his spirit. Christ said, “I am the Way”…Modern life is so complicated and torn, so distracting and disintegrating, whereas the Way is simple, light, and straight. It unifies the whole of life.
Kathleen Hamilton According to Love
For More Information
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